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Fulham held by Derby - Match Report Cham Md 17

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Match Report

Fulham (1) 1-1 (1) Derby County

Championship Match Day 17 1718 at Craven Cottage

Saturday 18th November 2017    KO: 17:30

Referee: Referee: Darren Bond (Lancashire)

Midfielder Oliver Norwood
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Fulham were held at Craven Cottage by a Derby side looking to break into the top six of the Sky  Championship.

The Cottagers took the lead through Oliver Norwood, before Matej Vydra equalised in the second half.

Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic gave a league debut to Adetayo Edun, who trained with the England senior squad last week, while captain Tom Cairney returned after a knee injury.

Gary Rowett resisted the temptation to start Chris Martin against his old club, preferring to stick with David Nugent in attack.

Neither team created a clear-cut opening in the first 10 minutes, although the hosts had the first attempt after 14 minutes.

A floated cross into the box by Norwood found the head of Floyd Ayite, whose flicked header was saved spectacularly by Derby goalkeeper Scott Carson.

Match Stats Fulham Derby County
Goals (1) 1 0 (1)
Scorers Norwood 30 Vydra 50
Goal attempts 12 5
On target 2 2
Shooting Accuracy 17% 36%
Possession 57% 40%
Passes 513 401
Pass Success 86% 81%
Crosses 28 15
Crosses Success 7% 7%
Corners 10 2
Tackles 11 26
Tackles Success 55% 58%
Saves 1 1
Fouls 13 8
Offsides 0 4
Yellows 1 0
Reds 0 0
source: SkySports
Fulham had the bulk of possession, forcing a number of corners, while the visitors seemed stuck in their own half.

The West Londoners deservedly took the lead on the half-hour mark when Norwood fired a free-kick on the edge of the box over the wall and past Carson.

Derby finished the half on the back foot and were forced to be defensive after the restart as their opponents looked for an early second goal.

However, it was the visitors who struck next. Tom Lawrence collected the ball and was able to run towards the Fulham goal without being challenged. His flick to Vydra was enough for the Czech to slot home past David Button.

The goal perked up a previously flat Derby side, with Nugent seeing his 55th-minute effort matched by Button.

Fulham made two substitutions, with Rui Fonte and Edun making way for Aboubakar Kamara and Luca de la Torre respectively.

American De la Torre almost netted with his first touch in the 65th minute but his header from an Ayite cross went just over the crossbar.

Derby made a double substitution, with Andreas Weimann replacing the injured Bradley Johnson, and Vydra making way for Martin, who was subjected to boos from the home fans after refusing to play against Reading last season.

Fulham applied pressure late on, with Ayite placing a 79th-minute effort high over the bar.

But they could not find a winner, meaning the hosts extended their run to six games without a victory and only one win at Craven Cottage in nine attempts.

Fulham: Button, Fredericks, Kalas, Ream, Odoi, Cairney, Norwood, Edun (De La Torre 64), Ayité, Fonte (Kamara 60), R Sessegnon

Unused substitutes: Bettinelli, Rafa Soares, Kait, Steven Sessegnon, Cissé

Norwood 30 ( from a free kick with a right footed shot to the high centre of the goal.)

Booked: Odoi (53,f)

Derby County Carson, Baird, Keogh, Davies, Forsyth, Huddlestone, Ledley, Lawrence (Russell 79), Vydra (Martin 72), Johnson (Weimann 72), Nugent

Unused substitutes: Mitchell, Pearce, Hanson, Winnall

Vydra 50 (right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Tom Lawrence with a through ball.)

Referee: Referee: Darren Bond (Lancashire)

Attendance: 18,192

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